A collaboration between a Kalk Bay artist and a Kommetjie artist has resulted in the emergence of a gallery between the two points, the Studio Art Gallery, which is opening at Imhoff Farm, today, Thursday March 31, at 6pm.
The Studio, renamed The Studio Art Gallery, first situated in Kalk Bay at the Majestic Village for three years, has moved to this new venue featuring Kommetjie artist Marc Alexander’s partially gilded wildlife series juxtaposed with Kalk Bay artist Donna McKellar’s enigmatic Karoo landscapes. Besides these originals and high-quality prints, the studio plans to represent other local artists.
“I love the country feel of Imhoff Farm, and the fact that more and more artists are basing their businesses there,” said Alexander, who is well known for his photo-real representations of Nelson Mandela and other inspirational figures.
“It seems to me that there is a new trend of artists managing and marketing their own careers. There is a good mix and high standard of paintings, photographic art, ceramics, glass art. Many of the tenants are new and so contribute to a fresh and vibrant creative atmosphere on the farm.”
They chose as the gallery two shops, which used to be the old blacksmiths’ workshop built in 1743 and features the original forge that is still in use, albeit only to warm visitors on rainy days. Alexander enthused about the gallery’s half-metre thick walls and its quaint surrounds.
Director of the gallery, Alexander’s wife, Lindy, plans to have a regular education and events programme. The gallery will be open daily from 9am to 5pm.
* Imhoff Farm will also be having an events evening and market on the evening of March 31. See: http://imhofffarm.co.za/join-us-for-live-music-and-a-gourmet-picnic/